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APS School Employees to go from 26 to 27 Paychecks Per Year

The adjustment in compliance with state law means each paycheck will be slightly less.

June 19, 2013

Most APS school employees will begin receiving 27 paychecks per year instead of 26, meaning each paycheck will be slightly less.

"Think of your annual pay as a pie. Right now, we're cutting that pie into 26 slices. Beginning next school year, we're going to slice the pie into 27 slightly thinner slices," explained Tami Coleman, executive director of accounting.

The change is being made in compliance with state law that says public employees can only be paid for services rendered. The current pay schedule was paying teachers and other school employees for days they hadn't yet worked.

Employees on a 12-month contract including most of those at City Centre, Maintenance and Operations and the Lincoln Complex will not be affected by the change.

Employees will continue to get paid every other Friday. Those on nine, ten and 11-month contracts will see their gross pay on each check reduced by $1.43 for each $1,000 of pay. For example:

  • at $40,000 per year, the reduction will be $57 of gross pay per check
  • at $15,000 per year, the reduction will be $21 of gross pay per check.

"Please be assured that a very careful and lengthy analysis of all stakeholder concerns has been made regarding this necessary solution. Our intention, as always, is to best serve our educators, and all of our staff in support of our students," said Chief Financial Officer Don Moya.

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